Chronic Pain in the Elderly: Mapping the Mental Health Literature.

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  • Author(s): Piotrowski, Chris
  • Source:
    Journal of Instructional Psychology. 2014, Vol. 41 Issue 1-4, p16-18. 3p.
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    • Abstract:
      Although the study of chronic pain has a robust historical record, the sub-discipline of pain psychology is a more recent development. Moreover, the study of chronic pain in the elderly has developed into a sub-specialty. Thus, it would be informative to gauge the extent of research emphasis across key topical areas in this emergent field. This study presents the findings of a bibliometric analysis of the extant mental health literature (indexed in PsycINFO) on chronic pain in the aged that reflects topical areas which have garnered the most research attention. Based on the analysis of 687 articles, the main topics of focus were (in rank order): pain medications (especially opioids), depression, cognitive-behavioral interventions, family relationships, co-morbidity, coping, and self-management approaches. In addition, researchers tend to use a myriad of pain/coping/health measures which may highlight the lack of consensus regarding assessment approaches or salient investigatory issues. Moreover, these results may reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field. Additional bibliometric study of chronic pain should include research repositories such as Medline and allied health databases. In that context, these findings should be considered exploratory in nature. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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